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Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs overview

Research development falls under the science industry umbrella and encompasses a range of basic and applied research activities, aimed at identifying solutions to problems or creating new products, processes, services or knowledge. Research development, therefore, brings innovation to organisations to improve their market position.

Australia’s research and development industry is internationally respected and performs well compared to highly developed countries around the world. As a country, we spend approximately 2% of GDP on the sector, which employs eight people for every 1,000 workers.

Graduate jobs can be found in a range of industries, including healthcare, education, defence, biotechnology, chemicals, construction, business, government, media, pharmaceuticals, software, transportation, telecommunications and not-for-profit. Higher education employs over 62% of workers in the research development sector, while private business employs 25%.

What to expect

To work in the research development field, graduates will need a degree in a discipline related to the area of research they want to work in, such as engineering, science or technology, as well as good academic results. For some positions, companies may require postgraduate qualifications such as a Master’s or PhD.

The responsibilities assigned to graduates will vary depending on the field of research they work in, however, most graduates will begin working within a project team, receiving training from senior researchers.

Graduates working in research development can earn big paychecks, with average starting salaries of around $71,000 per annum.

The top three regions in Australia employing research development graduates are NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Types of jobs

Graduates working in research and development can follow a number of career paths to work in a variety of different jobs including:

  • Research associate
  • Research fellow
  • Research and development manager
  • Research and development engineer
  • Research and development director
  • Market research manager

Competitiveness

The competition for grants, scholarships and jobs are intense due to a lack of funding, which leads to limited positions and heavier workloads. It is difficult for graduate or junior researchers to get grants without the presence of senior researchers on the project team.

Job certainty is a major concern in the research development industry, with many companies relying on short-term contracts to employ workers. As a result, research development positions generally only enjoy three to four years of job stability.

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Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs Graduate Sucess Stories


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Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

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Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

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The best way to figure out what a job is actually like is by speaking to people in the field and trying it out yourself.

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In my job I don’t ever feel like I’m just doing busy-work, and I feel motivated to come in each day.

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In my job I don’t ever feel like I’m just doing busy-work, and I feel motivated to come in each day.

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Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

Edward Gray

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Work hard, both inside and outside of university. This will set you up well when it comes time for applying for jobs and being able to easily answer interview questions.

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Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

Lachlan Bateman

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Don’t focus on the grades, focus on understanding the content and its practical relevance (and the grades will come with it).

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The best way to figure out what a job is actually like is by speaking to people in the field and trying it out yourself.

Rob Oates

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The best way to figure out what a job is actually like is by speaking to people in the field and trying it out yourself.

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Georgia

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In my job I don’t ever feel like I’m just doing busy-work, and I feel motivated to come in each day.

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Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs Day in the Life Stories


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Nick Woods

Nick Woods is working at GSK.
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Nick Woods

Nick Woods is working at GSK.
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Gabi Potgieter

Gabi Potgieter studied a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Marketing Science and Accounting) at Monash University and is now a Marketing Campaigns IBL at Mercedes-Benz
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Gabi Potgieter

Gabi Potgieter studied a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Marketing Science and Accounting) at Monash University and is now a Marketing Campaigns IBL at Mercedes-Benz
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Amy Forsyth

Amy Forsyth studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a graduate structural engineer at AECOM.
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Amy Forsyth

Amy Forsyth studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a graduate structural engineer at AECOM.
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Scott Raymond Kemp

Scott Raymond Kemp is a Graduate Software Engineer at Honeywell.
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Scott Raymond Kemp

Scott Raymond Kemp is a Graduate Software Engineer at Honeywell.
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Helen Lawrence

Helen Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) from University of South Australia and is now a Graduate Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin Australia.
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Helen Lawrence

Helen Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) from University of South Australia and is now a Graduate Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin Australia.
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Isaac Taylor

Isaac Taylor studied Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Aerospace) with Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at University of Adelaide and is now Graduate Software Engineer at Saab Australia
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Isaac Taylor

Isaac Taylor studied Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Aerospace) with Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at University of Adelaide and is now Graduate Software Engineer at Saab Australia
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Nick Woods

Nick Woods is working at GSK.
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Nick Woods

Nick Woods is working at GSK.
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  • Day in the life

Gabi Potgieter

Gabi Potgieter studied a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Marketing Science and Accounting) at Monash University and is now a Marketing Campaigns IBL at Mercedes-Benz
  • Day in the life

Gabi Potgieter

Gabi Potgieter studied a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Marketing Science and Accounting) at Monash University and is now a Marketing Campaigns IBL at Mercedes-Benz
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  • Day in the life

Amy Forsyth

Amy Forsyth studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a graduate structural engineer at AECOM.
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Amy Forsyth

Amy Forsyth studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and is a graduate structural engineer at AECOM.
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Scott Raymond Kemp

Scott Raymond Kemp is a Graduate Software Engineer at Honeywell.
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Scott Raymond Kemp

Scott Raymond Kemp is a Graduate Software Engineer at Honeywell.
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  • Day in the life

Helen Lawrence

Helen Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) from University of South Australia and is now a Graduate Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin Australia.
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Helen Lawrence

Helen Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) from University of South Australia and is now a Graduate Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin Australia.
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  • Day in the life

Isaac Taylor

Isaac Taylor studied Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Aerospace) with Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at University of Adelaide and is now Graduate Software Engineer at Saab Australia
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Isaac Taylor

Isaac Taylor studied Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Aerospace) with Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at University of Adelaide and is now Graduate Software Engineer at Saab Australia
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Events for Research & Development (R&D) Graduate Jobs


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UNSW Investment Banking & Consulting Career Fair

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